As many may already know, PQube has been celebrating its 10th anniversary in style with plenty of great reveals and releases. The latest reveal is their partnership with the Japanese studio, Art Co. Ltd, for the visual novel Kotodama: The 7 Mysteries of Fujisawa
Does The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker meets Stardew Valley sound like your type of game? Well, that’s exactly what the tropical adventure, Summer in Mara, is shaping up to be. It’s a winning combination if ever there was one and, judging from the reception on Kickstarter, a lot of players agree. It’s the tale of a girl named Koa who lives in peace on her home island. However, she has always felt the call of the ocean and the urge to explore, so she sets out to do just that with her boat
Psyvariar Delta is not just a brand new version of the arcade classic, but also comes packed with high definition remakes of Psyvariar Medium Unit as well as Psyvariar Revision. In addition, it comes with a slew of addition content that makes these titles more fun to play than ever before. It’s not the best looking bullet hell shooter by far, but thanks to buzz system, that sees you trying to skirt as close as possible to the deadly bullets you are supposed to dodge, it is definitely one of the most exciting. This mechanic also provides the game with a lot more depth than what is initially apparent, so there is definitely value for money here despite the higher than usual price tag. If you are a fan of the genre or still have fond memories of the original games, then Psyvariar Delta is an essential purchase.
Gameplay: A bullet hell shooter where you still have to dodge bullets, but if you want to level up you must do it in the most reckless way possible.
Graphics: The visuals are a definite improvement over the original titles, but still looks a little plain compared to more modern offerings.
Sound: The soundtrack is excellent and the sound effects pretty good too
Serment is an interesting hybrid of visual novel, dungeon crawling and dating sim style management elements. It actually ties all of these genres together nicely, but the dungeon crawling definitely takes center stage. You do get to choose between four different heroines and all of the dungeons are hand crafted instead of procedurally generated. The fact that you are on a strict time limit to earn enough cash to pay back the devil who resurrected you can make it feel like you are forced to fight in the dungeons most of the time. However, the game does give you the freedom to continue playing after completing the main story.
Gameplay: Plenty of dungeon crawling along with some visual novel segments and even a bit of dating sim style time management.
Graphics: Beautiful character designs and backgrounds, but the dungeons look a bit bland in comparison.
Sound: The game features no voice acting and the music is decent, but unmemorable
Early in January of this year, something very strange happened to Eximius: Seize The Frontline on Steam. Users who opened the Steam store page for this unique first person shooter / real-time strategy hybrid found that the game could no longer be purchased. It turned out that the reason for this was that the developers of the game, Ammobox Studios, were forced to issue a DMCA Notice to their own game
It has been a while since we’ve seen a good god game, but Abbey Games plan on changing that with the upcoming release of Godhood. The Dutch studio has already proven themselves with games like Reus and Renowned Explorers, but Godhood looks like it will be their most ambitious title yet. Although the base game has already been funded and on course for an Early Access release in May 2019, Abbey Games launched a Kickstarter campaign today to provide it with even more depth
Unruly Heroes is a gorgeous looking 2D action platformer that is loosely based on the Chinese epic, Journey to the West. It gives you control over a motley crew of four characters as they travel the land in search of the sacred scroll that will restore balance to their world. Unfortunately, the controls are not always responsive, which means this is a game that often looks better than it plays. However, it still features plenty of clever touches and variety, which elevates it above a lot of other games in the genre. It’s not the easiest game out there, but it’s definitely worth sticking with it to the end.
Gameplay: Unresponsive controls mar the experience slightly, but it is still a great game.
Graphics: Everything about the art and visuals is top notch.
Sound: Not the best voice acting, but the music is very good
A while ago we published the news that Sekai Project will be bringing Wabisabi to Steam this year, but it is by no means the only project that they have in the works. The latest game joining their roster on Steam will be Serment – Contract with a Devil, a visual novel – dungeon crawler hybrid from Nkt Studio. Even better, fans don’t have to wait very long for it either as it is scheduled for release on Friday, February 1, 2019 at a price of $14.99 USD. As an added incentive to grab the game during the launch period, it will feature a 20% discount for the first week of sale
It is easy to mistake Citrouille for a casual game because of the adorable visuals, but players who underestimate it are in for a shock. This game feels like it was ripped straight out of an ’80s arcade and given a brand new lick of paint. Citrouille is best played with a friend in local co-op, but even on your own it is a lot of fun. It is a pity that it lacks any online features and that the co-op as well as versus modes are restricted to local only, but other than that it is a great game and definitely a bit of a hidden gem.
Gameplay: Tough as nails, but very easy to pick up and play.
Graphics: Everything from the designs to the animations are superb.
Sound: The tunes are good and the sound effects more than decent
THE VIDEOKID is an addictive and nostalgic homage to the eighties in general and Paperboy in particular. It is a lot more chaotic than Paperboy, though, and you will need quick reflexes if you want to make it to the end of your pirate video tape delivering run. It is a pity that the game only features a single level, but the randomized elements along with the huge amount of pop culture references keeps things entertaining. These cameos can become rather distracting, but that’s all part of the challenge. Considering the low price tag on THE VIDEOKID, there’s no reason not to add it to your collection.
Gameplay: Skate around a wacky eighties neighborhood while delivering pirated VHS tapes.
Graphics: The voxel art style looks great and allowed the developers to insert plenty of pop culture character cameos.
Sound: The soundtrack is nice and so is the sound effects, but things can become a little chaotic